Who cleans what?

Traditional rooms, Traditional Plus!, Studios and Suites

  • You are responsible for the cleanliness of your room / unit. Inspections will be performed regularly. Cleaning charges  apply where necessary. Upon request from all co-residents, complete cleaning of your unit is available for the same cost.

Hyman Soloway, 45 Mann and Annex

  • You are responsible for the cleanliness of your room / unit.
  • Inspections will be performed during the February study break and again in August.
  • Cleaning of the shared living quarters is done in late August. A 24-hour notice is given to allow you to clear the floors from all items, so the staff can vacuum and wash them.

Note: Housekeeping crew will not touch any of your belongings. If the floors aren’t clear of all objects the crew will vacuum around them. Cleaning charges may apply where necessary.  Complete cleaning of your unit is also available on demand for the same cost

Cleaning your room

Cleaning your room is your responsibility during the year. You can ask your CA to borrow your floor’s cleaning kit to help you with that task.

Coordinating the cleaning of common area with roommates can be a little bit trickier in 45 Mann, Hyman Soloway and Annex residences. Ask your CA for a copy of the “Cleaning wheel”, a practical tool to help you remember how chores are divided among co-residents.

Your starter cleaning kit

Your health and safety, and that of the uOttawa community, is important to us.

We are pleased to provide you with this starter cleaning kit to assist in reducing the spread of germs and the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus in residences, and ensuring an overall clean and safe environment for all residents.

cartoon of bucket with cleaning supplies

The kit includes:

  • Latex gloves
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Toilet bowl brush
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Two microfibre cloths
  • Counter brush
  • Dustpan
  • Plastic bucket
  • Trigger sprayer
  • Paper towel

You are responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and tidiness of your unit, in addition to the surrounding common areas. This includes maintaining, cleaning up, and disinfecting:

  • Your bedroom (or your side of the bedroom)
  • All frequently touched/used surfaces and objects in the shared areas of your apartment (e.g., floor, bathroom, countertops)
  • All items left in communal spaces (e.g., kitchens and laundry rooms).

Please note: As the supplies in the cleaning kit run out, you and your roommate(s) are responsible for keeping yourselves stocked with what you need.

Common areas

Housekeeping staff cleans the common areas daily:

  • Common bathrooms, kitchens and lounges, hallways, elevators and stairwells

Note: Any shared room can be locked up for a period of time by housekeeping if it is consistently messy or dirty.

Cleaning your unit

If you have roommates, it’s important to communicate about cleaning standards and establish a cleaning schedule early in the year, in order to avoid any conflicts down the line.

1. Bathroom: Focus on the ‘wet’ areas

  • Disinfect the sink, handles and faucet.
  • Use the bathroom cleaner and bowl brush to scrub inside of the toilet bowl and underside of the toilet seat.
  • Disinfect the top side of the toilet seat and handle of the toilet.
  • Spray and wipe walls and base of shower or tub with cleaner.

2. Kitchen: Varies depending on the type of usage

  • Ensure all dishes are clean, stored properly, and put away.
  • Remove all food and build up from the counters, stove, and microwave.
  • Disinfect sink, faucet, and handles.
  • Clean exterior of the fridge, handles, and knobs in the kitchen area.

3. Flooring: Clean as needed

  • Be sure to bring a broom with you to sweep tile and wooden flooring.
  • Spot clean any spills or hard to sweep stains.

4. Surfaces: To help reduce the spread of germs and allergens

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces like door handles and knobs, light switches, counters, desks, faucets, toilets, refrigerator, and microwave handles, remote controls or video game controllers, etc.

And if you have any questions, reach out to your Community Advisor(s) Community Advisors or your Peer Supports! 

Back to top